We've all heard of the Butterfly Effect that talks about how everythings connected and how a very small change in initial conditions can create a significantly different outcome. The effect of your butterfly shaped gland - the thyroid - isn't all that different. Your thyroid gland is the master of your metabolism. The hormones it produces control crucial bodily functions, such as energy production, weight management and, temperature regulation. Though when in trouble, this gland results in signals and effects that can easily be ignored, misdiagnosed or mistreated, written off as effects of aging and stress rather than a thyroid disorder. Your thyroid deserves some TLC, so to help you out here's a few things to consider and talk to your doctor about Dietary Defense Consuming too few or too many nutrients directly affects your thyroid function, making a healthy and specific diet key to balancing your thyroid. But a 'healthy' diet alone won't get you off the hook! Cruciferous vegetables, such as kale, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, contain substances that can suppress thyroid hormone production. Cooking or steaming these vegetables usually destroys the substance though, so be sure to get friendly with your stovetop if you love these veggies. Soybeans and soy products also contain agents that can affect your thyroid function, especially if you're iodine deficient . Consult your doctor to figure out what your body needs to set your diet accordingly. Sweat Therapy Diet and exercise top the list of treatments for every disease and for good reason. Make sure to incorporate aerobic exercises, such as running, cycling and swimming into your daily routine to keep your metabolism at an optimal level. Exercise can help spark the secretion of thyroid hormones in your body and combat hypothyroidism symptoms, such as weight gain, depression and low energy levels. Stress Management Stress is responsible for a variety of health disorders, so it's no surprise it strains your thyroid, too. When you're under stress, you produce cortisol, and too much cortisol is bad news for your thyroid. Managing stress might help in controlling symptoms of hypothyroidism. Taking time to de-stress is important to balance out your thyroid. Try your hand at meditation and yoga, both great ways to relax your body and mind. You could also pick up a new hobby, such as pottery, golf or even dancing — whatever gives you that outlet! Powering Down A good night's sleep is vital for retaining stamina throughout the day, especially when you're dealing with a thyroid condition that leaves you fatigued. Sleep also helps balance hormone levels and lowers stress. Give yourself a strict bedtime and stick to it. Also, avoid technology at least a couple of hours before bed. The light from your devices affects your sleep cycle. Toxin Control Toxins and chemicals from everyday products can also significantly affect your thyroid. Studies have shown that pesticides can affect the production of hormones and increase your risk of thyroid problems. Pay attention to your environment and the beauty products you use, and be sure to talk to your doctor if you think daily toxins could be adversely affecting your thyroid. Stay on the course It is important to take your thyroid medication on time as suggested by your doctor. Don't forget to tell your doctor in case you are on any other medications. Some medicines may interfere with your thyroid medication. Don't stop medication without consulting your doctor. Don't change the dose of medication without consulting your doctor. Following these simple steps can help you protect your thyroid. Of course, balancing your thyroid doesn't happen overnight, but you can see how your body reacts to extra doses of self-care immediately. Your body is extremely resilient, a little help and attention gets you on the fast track to a fuller, healthier life. Disclaimer: This publication/article/editorial is meant for awareness/educational purposes and does not constitute or imply an endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation of any Products. Please consult your doctor/healthcare practitioner before starting any diet, medication or exercise.